Ever since its inauguration in 1994, the GEO exhibition and conference has firmly established itself as a prime venue for petroleum geosciences where it brings together major NOCs, IOCs, academia, service providers and manufacturers. It provides a dedicated collaborative platform for professionals and subject-matter experts to share knowledge, discuss ideas and exchange experiences on various challenges, techniques and advances in geosciences.
Preparing Geoscientists for the Future
The upcoming GEO 2020 has a rich technical programme that covers a wide spectrum of geosciences and their applications in the petroleum industry, starting from advances in data acquisition, interpretation and integration to value creation. It is exciting to see how the different geoscience disciplines are particularly evolving with the rapid changes happening across the energy landscape; and how machine learning and artificial intelligence combined with great amount of subsurface data will play a vital role in preparing our industry and professionals in oil and gas for the next breakthrough.
Focus on Industry Challenges & Advances
What are the challenges of the future and how will they be overcome? What new advances in geoscience and technology are on the horizon that will help in unlocking previously inaccessible or overlooked potential? What will be the impact on the years beyond 2020? With the conference revolving around the theme of geosciences in the digital world, these are some of the questions that GEO 2020 aims to address through the interaction between the local knowledge and the international experience.
The 4th Industrial Revolution
The technical programme has been designed to present and stimulate discussions on advances in geoscience workflows, developments in geological and geophysical data acquisitions, best practices and efficiencies, unique case studies, big data and data analytics, multidisciplinary concepts, and the applications of geosciences to hydrology, environment and mining sectors. The technical programme, in line with the theme of the conference, has a particular emphasis on the utility and relevance of the fourth industrial revolution in shaping our approach to managing, interpreting and integrating the vast amounts of legacy and new subsurface data, our methodology of acquiring data, how we evaluate different play concepts, how we conduct operations and consequently how it will impact the petroleum business as a whole in the future.
Special Sessions & Field Trips
In addition to the technical papers, GEO 2020 is offering special technical sessions and a number of exciting geological field trips to different areas across the region to study outcrops of importance to different exploration and development projects. There is also a dynamic students and young professional programme aimed at introducing and inspiring students to the petroleum industry.
GEO 2020 is a venue to learn from the latest industrial advancements and capture new opportunities for better value creation. It is indeed an outlook towards the future on how we embrace and adapt to the changes around us in terms of science and technology, economy and profitability, environment and social responsibilities.
About the Authors
Records and industry trends show that geoscientists are slow in embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in the 4th Industrial Revolution – 4.0. While we see and enjoy AI applications happening all over the world at a fast pace, we must admit that the E&P industry in general and geosciences in particular has been shy when it comes to embracing AI technology. Research the web for the top successful and value-adding AI applications in the world and you will find healthcare, automobile, retail, agriculture and many others – but not geosciences.
Future Potential of AI in E&P
However; AI in E&P will catch up big time because of the limitless potential ideas for applications. In the oil industry, we have already seen security drones piloting oilfields and will soon see sophisticated drones equipped with thermal sensors and methane detectors that can roam oilfields or even dive under the sea to detect oil and gas leaks and notify maintenance teams immediately for quick repairs, minimizing losses and protecting humans and environment. Drones equipped with hyper-sensitive cameras will be able to identify changing vegetation and soil color around pipelines in a time-lapse mode to signal immediate response.
Industry Challenges & Opportunities
Geosciences will take a bit longer to ride 4.0 due to the complexity of the business. Dealing with huge volumes of data collected through sensors such as micro-seismic, fiber-optics, and logging will bring new challenges and unexpected opportunities. Think about the following headlines: AI Algorithm Identifies a Stratigraphic Trap not Seen Earlier from a Poor-Quality Seismic Data; An Offshore Producing Well Shuts Itself Down as it Senses a Potential Major Blowout; AI-Driven Drilling Bit that “Smells” High Oil Saturations was Successfully Tested; The First 100% Self-Optimized Smart Field Officially Inaugurated.
AI Advancements at GEO 2020
The theme of GEO 2020 conference which will be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain in March 2020, was selected by the committees to address this matter; Geosciences in the Digital World: 2020 and Beyond. The conference will hopefully showcase, highlight and identify new opportunities and challenges. In line with other sectors, we strongly believe that advancements in the cloud technologies, analytics, IoT, AI and Machine Learning will provide geoscientists with powerful tools in dealing with complex problems and that we are just in the beginning of this new fascinating era.
So where are Geosciences in the AI world today?
About the Author
Senior Advisor to H.E. the Minister of Oil, Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalfia
GEO 2020 General Chair
Hisham Zubari previously held the position of Deputy CEO for Tatweer Petroleum. He has over 30 years of experience in upstream oil & gas and has published 14 technical papers mainly on the management of mature Bahrain fields. Hisham is a country representative for AAPG and Chairman of SPE-Bahrain Section. He holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Over 4,050 geoscientists from 53 countries converged in Bahrain at GEO 2018 for 4 days of strategic dialogue and business opportunities.
Monday 16th March:
17.00 – 18.30
Tuesday 17th March:
08.30 – 17.00
Wednesday 18th March:
08.30 – 17.00
Thurday 19th March:
08.30 – 17.00
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